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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 4, 2014 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

Yea, I know it's long. But might contain some 'dark horse' choices for you and other folks. I stand firm by my 1977 choice though. ;)

1970 Capitol Theatre

1970 Capitol Theatre

1972 BCT

1973 Vancouver

1974 Providence

1974 Fresno

1977 Winterland

1978 West Virginia

1979 Uptown Theatre Chicago

1980 Cumberland County, Maine

Acoustic/Electric Warfield

1981 MSG

BCT 1981 Acoustic

MSG 1982

Hartford 1983

1984 Augusta Maine

1987 Alpine Valley

1988 Alpine Valley

1989 Alpine Valley

Hampton 'Warlocks'

1989 Spectrum

1990 Capital Centre

1991 RFK

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 4, 2014 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

I'm only going to wade into 1977, but I have 3 shows here you can't go wrong with.

I am trying to avoid "official releases" and give you what you can "get" here on the archive, meaning I'm leaving out the recent May run of shows box set (all worthy), and giving you stuff that's every bit as good and may as well stand as some of the best damn shows the band ever played in any era. So:


Highlights: Incredible Ship Of Fools, Comes a Time, and a killer Help-Slip-Franks.


Just missed the cut on the box set for May and too bad. Unreal EYES, fantabulous Other One, stellar Jack a Roe, sublime Stella, and so much more. One of the most underrated shows of the year.

and of course:


Simply the finest Grateful Dead show ever performed. There is no substitute.

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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 4, 2014 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

Oh, that Northern Illinois University is a winner, alright. I know it well, and, Wowsa! It's a very, very close second to that Winterland show I suggested.

I'm pretty sure if you're a fan of that NIU show than you've likely heard Phil exclaim after the opener "This is the greatest day of my life!" I've tried to find out why (maybe his first kid being born or something???) but I've come to no conclusion. Anyway, yes, Yes, YES!!! That's one of the best ever for sure.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 5, 2014 2:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

Actually, no I haven't! Is it audible on any of the sources? Jerry absolutely crushes that "Might as Well" to open, but I never caught Phil saying that...please let me know if there's a "best source" to catch that!

One thing I do point out to people about 10/29/77 is at the "end" of Sugar Mag, before they launch into the SSDD section, Mickey and Billy do an INSANE dueling drum duet, and when they're done you can literally hear Bobby laughing as he starts singing "Sunshine Daydream"...Donna too, I think. Clearly they all had waaaayy too much fun that night. Wish I'd been there!

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Poster: sakanaband Date: Feb 5, 2014 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

After 'Must Have Been the Roses', Phil comes on the mic and says "I just want all of you to know, that this is the happiest day of my life". Happens about 1 - 2 minutes after the end of song during "Dead Air". Can certainly be heard on the CM audience, but I think it is also there on the CM soundboard. That little juicy tidbit makes this show all the more special. Only time I remember that I've heard talk like that into the microphones is at Veneta in 1972. And that's a pretty good show, too ;)

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Poster: dream and lie Date: Feb 4, 2014 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help with my personal 'best shows' project

Thanks to all for the suggestions. Looks like I have some "work" to do. :)